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Monday, February 4, 2002

Conflict in the Temple

It was time for the annual Passover celebration, and Jesus went to
Jerusalem. In the Temple area he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep,
and doves for sacrifices; and he saw money changers behind their
counters. Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out
of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and oxen, scattered the money
changers' coins over the floor, and turned over their tables. Then,
going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, "Get these
things out of here. Don't turn my Father's house into a marketplace!"
-- John 2:13-16 (NLT)

Jesus rarely displays his anger and displeasure with such
demonstrative action and such fervent emotion. Passover was the
celebration of God's deliverance of the Israelites from the bondage
of Egypt. God's people came to Jerusalem and the Temple from all
over the world to remember and celebrate God's powerful grace. For
this celebration to be turned into a time for scrounging money out of
Israelite visitors was a desecration of the Passover Feast and the
Temple. Jesus doesnít want us to turn Godís Temple into a place to
transact business and to take advantage of our brothers and sisters
in Christ. Instead, he wants the fellowship of his people to be a
place of deliverance, grace, and prayer!

Holy and righteous God, please keep my heart set on glorifying you
and encouraging my brothers and sisters in the faith when we assemble
together. May my joyful remembrance of my deliverance through Jesus'
sacrifice lead me to praise you and to generously bless others. In
Jesus' name. Amen.

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TODAY'S VERSE from HEARTLIGHT -- http://www.heartlight.org/

February 4, 2002

I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my
fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take
refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my
-- Psalm 18:1-2

We sing it and we say it in our public prayers: "Father, God,
we love you." But notice very carefully the beginning phrase of
our verse. "I love you, O Lord..." Even in public, community
worship, we are taught the importance of a personal expression of
love to God. When is the last time you told the Creator of the
universe, "I love you!"

Father in heaven, I love you. I love you because you are more
than worthy of my love. I love you because you have first loved
me. I love you because you sent your son to be my big brother and
pay the price for my adoption into your family. I love you because
of your faithfulness. I love you because you have permitted me in
your grace to love you. In the name of Jesus I thank you. Amen.